The OFFICIAL Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide

The OFFICIAL Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!

I mean, I've only been working on this thing for the past freaking YEAR! hahaha.  Actually, I have to give the kudos right of the gate.  Yes, I've been connecting, playing & picking the best of the best for the holiday season all year.... but my amazing editor, Stephanie Glover gets the credit for the beauty of it all!  She about killed me a few times - but we all survived and it's ready for YOU!!!!

Be sure to check back often as we post and share the products individually throughout the holiday season.  We'll even throw in some other products we got that missed the deadline to the guide as we're STILL getting new things daily!

For the 2nd year in a row we are partnering with Kisses for Kyle Foundation to bring you to the amazing kids and families within their organization.  This is honestly the best part of the holiday programming we do.  Sharon Snyder has been on Real Mom Radio with me and I just fell in love with her and her heart. What she and her team do for families who are affected by childhood cancer is commendable.  She's the real deal. 

I may look at my children and want to scream because of all their messes, not brushing their teeth, not picking up toys.... But at the end of the day?  I can't even imagine my life with children battling childhood cancer.  I hug them.  Love them.  Tell them they're the most important things in my life.  But it's really important for them to see and take part in the 'giving' side of what I do.  

My 20 years in traditional media - THIS is what it was all about.  GIVING.  And to be able to look at what I have been able to do and give through all of my hard work and ability to use this platform to keep it going? Awesome.  And I want to personally thank YOU for that.  Because of you coming to the site, following me on twitter, friending me on facebook, sharing - tweeting - reading - watching... I'm able to do this.  

Give back to those who need it more. 

Life is so short.  So vulnerable.  So full of ups and downs.  The older I get, the more I'm reminded about the blessings and opportunities I'm afforded. 

What are you doing to make a difference in your today? 

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#TravelTuesday 2015 Chevy Traverse

Well, traveling is one of my favorite things to talk and do!  But the weather is turning me into a pathetic depressed mess.  And this morning when I had to go warm up my car before taking my dudes to school and it was FREEZING in there?!?!  Yeah.  I really was yearning for the heated seats & heated car that I was spoiled with but I digress. 

Ahem. 

So, my latest AUTOMOBILE ESCAPADE was with the Chevy Traverse.  I have to tell you that I was actually a bit disappointed in this car.  It had no pickup!!  I don't know if it was because I just came off of driving the Tahoe - but the Traverse, I had to put the pedal to the metal to move.  I know.  I come out of the gate with a negative remark but I just couldn't stop thinking about it the entire time I drove it.  

But please know EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING else was awesome about the car!  My kids loved it too.  You see, originally - the Traverse was what i was thinking I'd buy.  But thankfully Chevy let me drive it for some time to see if I like it before buying it.  And the exact opposite of the Tahoe!  I thought I'd hate the Tahoe and LOVED it!!  And I thought the Traverse would be a dream and it wasn't what I expected!

2015 Chevy Traverse LTZ 

What you WILL get with the Traverse:

  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Power remote lift gate (lifesaver with hands full!)
  • Full chrome side window moldings and chrome lower grille bars
  • Chrome rear bumper pad
  • Perforated leather-appointed seating surfaces
  • Memory settings for driver seat
  • Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert  -- this was AWESOME!!
  • Heated and cooled front seats  AWESOME!
  • Bright dual exhaust outlets
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 7 passenger seating
  • Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning - GREAT feature!  
  • 6 airbags

What you WON'T get with the Traverse:

  • A nanny
  • car cleaning service
  • Toy Pickup
  • French Fry Reproduction Services
  • Kids with an attitude

Ok, so maybe the kids with OUT attitudes aren't always possible.  But worth a shot, right? 

I think that the Chevy Traverse is really a nice family auto. I loved the little things that mattered in there.  Like the moving of the rearview mirrors?  That is so helpful!  The USB port, the sensors that light up in your side mirrors when someone is in your blind spot...all of the little things added up!

Overall, unless I test drive another Traverse only to find out that the pick up was something in that Chevy in particular - my plans have changed and no longer looking to buy a Traverse.  But, every single person I've talked to who has had the car LOVES it and has nothing but great things to say about them!

Ok... a month and 1/2 left before I make the big decision. 

What kind of car do you drive?

 

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Formula Feeding Freenzy with Moozi

Motherhood is a LOT of hard world.  There are so many things that deter us from our to do each day.  And I remember when my boys were babies how much stress it is to get up and feed them in the middle of the night.  

I have a Nespresso maker in my house.  It's heaven for coffee, I tell ya.  We've had it for years.  I go through phases.  Usually drinking it more in the winter than the summer. But having that easy access to make a pod anytime I want is heavenly!

One of the fun things about my job is being able to bring new products out to the market and sharing their information for you to make conscious consumer choices about products!  A new kickstarter campaign hit my inbox.  (I get a LOT of kickstarter pitches and sadly I just don't have the time to share them all. Someone should create a website like that though! lol)  But this one I couldn't pass up because it's my motherly duty to tell you that, for sure!

Moozi is the one-button solution for perfect baby formula bottle temperatures!  All under a minute.  Can you believe that?  I know.  I thought those wipe warmers were laughable when they didn't even work.  But this one?  BETTER WORK. lol Just kidding.  The wipe warmer I could do without  - but if this can really heat your baby formula and have it ready for that screaming fit at 2am?  I'm all for it!

So how does this whole thing work?

Safety is key with Moozi. Water sensors ensure there is water in the tank and that the water temperature is regulated at body temperature. The bottle sensor alerts parents if there isn’t a bottle in position.  Plus Moozi’s unique patent-pending dry release system keeps the formula and water separate until they mix in the bottle.  This reduces bacteria growth and keeps the system running smoothly. 

Unique to the Kickstarter campaign, Miravan, LLC wants to help families in need so for every $100 donation they will deliver a free Moozi to a family in need at local shelter and support organizations located in Massachusetts. A tax donation receipt will be sent to each contributor for this pledge.

The idea for Moozi was conceived and developed by mompreneur Miriam Kutcher, a mother of two daughters now ages 8 and 10.  Looking back, she wished there was a one-step, simple solution that would warm and dispense the perfect temperature bottle simply by pressing a button.  It was years later that she decided to bring her idea to life and now she is ready to introduce Moozi.  

“When my girls were infants, making a formula bottle was a time-consuming process that involved rushing down to the kitchen in the middle of the night to try and measure, warm and mix a bottle as quickly as possible. Listening to them cry while doing all of this was stressful. I wanted my focus and attention to be on them, not the prep work,” says Miriam Kutcher, president and founder. “So I came up with the idea of Moozi and after three long yet gratifying years, I’m proud to bring this product to the market.

 

Kids and Confidence

Being confident wasn't something I was always able to do.  In fact, until I got the sweet taste of success, my sense of confidence was completely NULL.  Nada. Nope. 

Then when I lost a ton of weight in 2001, I had a whole beginning in confidence.  Losing that weight changed my life.  It really did.  I mean, at that point, I knew I wasn't going to find the right guy.  I knew that I would continue to wonder around the country to find that magic feeling of a full life.  That ultimate sweet taste of success no matter if it was private or professional success.

Little did I know, that until I truly felt a full heart, there was no way I was ever going to find that magic feeling.  Ever.  And I wondered.  A LOT.  And for a very long time.

But not anymore.  At least not right now.  Or in the past few years.  But that doesn't mean that failure-feeling won't return.  Everything happens for a reason, right?

The past few years in life after becoming a mom, I often thought I'd end up with this overwhelmingly euphoric feeling of success.  I’m the first to tell you…there’s no such thing.  None.  And that’s 100% totally ok.  

Recently, my 6 year old son has been battling confidence in a way that I can totally relate to.  He had tons of confidence until he had his teeth pulled.  Yes, he’s 6 years old.  And yes, he’s had teeth pulled.  Three teeth pulled & like 7 cavities.  And yes, I did say he was only 6 years old with 7 cavities.  I can’t even begin to tell you how devastating it was for me to watch him go through all that.  I know, some say it’s my fault as a parent.  But until you walk a mile in someone’s shoes…and know they situation - check the judgement at the door! lol

Needless to say… its not because he eats junk or doesn’t brush and floss.  It truly means that it’s HEREDITARY.  I have soft teeth & a bad mouth.  So does my dad and his family.  So by being able to realize & understand that my son’s dental issues are a natural state of getting older.  He just has to fight a little harder and brush more often.  When he finally said to me that he was ‘ok’ with the holes in his teeth because he ‘looked like a hockey player’ I knew this kid was going to make it.  haha.  He’s great at finding the cool factor in everything that comes his way in life.  Already, at 6 years old!

So what does my sons dental hygiene and having confidence have in common?

INVISALIGN!  

Ok, so maybe they’re  a far stretch - but the issues in motherhood I’m fighting right now has TOTALLY been in regards to TEETH.  This week, what great timing cause my 21 month old is getting his FIRST dental visit under wraps.  I’m going to share with my two boys about this awesome contest that Invisalign has going on.  The Countdown to Confidence with Invisalign Sweepstakes: http://bit.ly/1r4IkSH.

Having confidence in everything you do is so important.  And for my son to be confident with two big holes in his mouth - he’s well on his way to a great future.  I actually had braces for 7 years.  And I didn’t wear my retainers so of course I’m fighting with myself over the fact that I didn’t take it seriously as a kid!!  A couple years ago, I won a live raffle for Invisalign at a charity event and I just got my wisdom teeth taken out this summer so I can whole heartedly take part in the process of Invisalign and get my teeth taken care of.  My smile is one of my biggest assets.  And with jacked up teeth - it makes it harder to be confident!

COUNTDOWN TO CONFIDENCE SWEEPSTAKES

Between now and November 13th, enter for your chance to win with Invisalign!  One winner everyday will win $100 for 60 days plus a chance to win the grand prize:  free Invisalign treatment & $1,000!  You can enter daily to increase your odds of winning.

What are you waiting for?  Schedule an appointment for a smile assessment!

Also, here is where you can find all you need to know about Invisalign from Twitter to Facebook & everything in between!

Invisalign Website: http://bit.ly/1uI3lU6

Invisalign on Twitter: http://shout.lt/gmtX 

Invisalign on Facebook: http://shout.lt/gmYK 

Invisalign on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/invisalign